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Molly joined Fox 4 in September of 2014 as a reporter for the late-night news. She is excited to be back home in the Midwest after spending two years as a reporter, anchor and producer at NBC29 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Before working at NBC29, she was a reporter at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.
Molly is a proud graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism (Go Tigers!) and loves her St. Louis Cardinals. You can catch her hanging out at area dog parks with her black lab, Avery. Molly was born in St. Louis, MO. and grew up in Edwardsville, IL.
Molly loves that journalism allows her to investigate wrongdoings. She is the recipient of a 2014 National Edward R. Murrow Award for one of her investigations revealing the University of Virginia Hospital mistakenly sent a family home with their deceased loved one’s amputated body parts. She has also been recognized by the Virginia Associated Press for her work.
Working within the vicinity of Washington D.C. granted Molly the opportunity to cover several rallies during the 2012 presidential election. During this time she interviewed former presidential candidate John McCain, former secretary of state Madeleine Albright, as well as democratic supporter and actress Cynthia Nixon.
Molly would love for you to say hello if you see her out and about town working on a story. You can follow her on twitter at @MollyFox4KC or find her on Facebook “Molly Balkenbush Fox4” Do you have a news tip? E-mail Molly at Molly.Balkenbush@wdaftv4.com.


Recent Articles
  • Workout warriors embrace the heat at Kansas City gyms with no air conditioning

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Despite scorching temperatures, some people across the metro are still working out at their gyms that don’t use air conditioning. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush went to Freight House Fitness in the West Bottoms to talk to clients. “People pay to go sit in a 100-degree something room because it’s a sauna, and it’s the same thing except for you are working out,” said Jaclyn McClain, who loves working out on days like Friday. Doctor Stephen Lauer, […]

  • Metro family feels violated after thief swipes costly medications for boy with epilepsy

    GLADSTONE, Mo. — A Northland mother said someone stole $2,000 worth of medications from her son who has epilepsy. Anna Sullivan said someone broke into her locked SUV Sunday night at the Stoneside Apartments in Gladstone. “You feel violated,” she said to FOX 4. Sullivan said her son, Jeremiah, has spent 19 of the past 30 days at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She said the two arrived home Sunday and were exhausted from four nights in the hospital and decided they […]

  • Suspect escapes from custody, steals police car and gets shot by Northmoor chief

    NORTHMOOR, Mo. — A just-arrested man took off in a metro police car and tried to run the police chief of Northmoor over on Monday according to investigators. They say the suspect was shot because the Northmoor Police Chief Kelly Clark feared for his life. Police say that 23-year-old suspect tried to pass a bad check at a pawn shop. They say the shop owner called police, and they arrested the guy, but it was after that things got scary […]

  • Victims in Atchison plane crash remembered for passion and love of flying

    ATCHISON COUNTY, Kan. — A plane crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning, killing the pilot and a passenger. Tonight, the victims are being remembered for their passion and love of flying. The pilot, 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch, was advertised as one of the highlights of this weekend’s Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison. His passenger, 34-year-old Bethany Root, also had close ties to the Kansas aviation community. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush spoke to a woman who worked with Bethany Root at the […]

  • Pilot and passenger killed in plane crash in Atchison County

    ATCHISON COUNTY, Kan. — Two people were killed Sunday morning in a plane crash in Atchison County. The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened near 234th Street and Ness Road around 10:15 a.m. The pilot, identified as 64-year-old Vlado Lenoch, of Burr Ridge, Ill., and a passenger identified as 34-year-old Bethany Root of Atchison, Kan., were the line occupants of the plane and both died in the crash. Kansas Highway Patrol said Root was the general manager of […]

  • Family mourns 9-year-old with so much potential killed in crash as suspect fled officers

    A metro family is grieving the loss of a 9-year-old boy. Tonight, we are hearing from Aaron Shanklin’s family. He was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday after a car he was in was plowed into by a man police say was running from officers. FOX 4’s Molly Balkenbush went to Children’s Mercy Hospital and spoke to his family. Tonight the family of Aaron Shanklin will leave Children’s Mercy Hospital without him. They say he had overcome so many obstacles […]

  • Brides and bridal parties frantically searching for gowns after popular company unexpectedly shuts down production

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Less than two months out from her friend’s wedding, Alyssa Miles, and the bridal party, are in limbo after one of the most recognizable brands in wedding gowns and other dresses suddenly shut its doors. “It makes us wonder are we going to have those dresses in time or are we going to have to look somewhere else, and who is going to be able to supply that very last minute to us,” Miles said. Alfred […]

  • Blue Springs business owners curious if burglar who struck in KC also hit their stores

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Police in Blue Springs are looking into whether two area business break-ins are related to six other recent business break-ins that happened in Kansas City. Of the eight business break-ins, four of them are dessert shops like ice cream and frozen yogurt places. FOX 4 first told you about the break-ins in the Westport area over the weekend. FOX 4 talked to the owner of Yogurtini in Blue Springs who said she thinks the same man […]

  • Overland Park woman’s Facebook post featuring old bridesmaid dress has internet buzzing

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A metro woman’s Facebook post has former brides and bridesmaids across the country having a good laugh. FOX 4 first told about Heidi Mann’s photoshoot in the dress from 1995 last week. Mann said her mom held onto the dress all of these years. “We moved to London and when we moved back from London about five years ago she was like I am done with these, you’ve got to take them,” Mann said. She said […]

  • Westport ice cream shop owner has choice words for smash-and-grab thief

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Westport business owner is offering a $1,000 reward for whoever can identify a man who he said broke into his shop and stole his cash register. Steve Engravalle, the owner of Westport Ice Cream Bakery, said the man broke the glass door and entered his shop around 4:35 on Saturday morning. A Facebook post from the company is making the rounds on social media. The owner refers to the man as a “loser,” who was […]

  • Man knocked out and carjacked by group of men in Hyde Park

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man is recovering after he was carjacked in Hyde Park by a group of men early Saturday. The victim said he was attacked just outside his home near 39th and Kenwood Avenue around 3:15 a.m. He said a group of men surrounded him and knocked him out cold, then took off with his car. Police released surveillance footage of the group, hoping to find some leads. So far, police have not announced any arrests in […]

  • Discovery of missing Overland Park man leaves family with some closure, but still devastated

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police said they have located the body of a man who was reported missing in KCK in June. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office said it recovered the body of 26-year-old Matthew Johnson from the Missouri River. Family said Johnson was last seen alive a few weeks ago in the parking lot of Sun Fresh near I-70 and 18th Street in KCK. Joshua Johnson said his brother had just been dropped off to his car after riding […]